Recorded during three nights of incredible live performances in Coimbra at Jazz Ao Centro at Salao Brazil, from the trans-Atlantic quartet of Joe McPhee (sax/pocket trumpet), Martin Kuchen (sax), Per Zanussi (bass) and Raymond Strid (drums).
Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 269
Squidco Product Code: 17674
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded at Jazz Ao Centro at Salao Brazil on May 31st, June 1st and June 2nd, 2012 by Joao Miranda.
Joe McPhee-tenor saxophone, pocket trumpet
Martin Kuchen-alto saxophone, baritone saxophone
Per Zanussi-double bass
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1. A desert on fire, a forest 5:47
2. Bruder Beda ist nicht mehr 13:39
3. Xe 6:49
4. Coimbra, mon amour 6:59
5. A different Koko 10:41
6. In our midst 9:03
7. Human Encore 7:36
8. A desert on fire, a forest (first day take) 9:54
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"A dog barks during a trumpet solo and a car alarm ends a piece: this is reality music, music coming from everyday life. It couldn't be any other way, considering that the people involved are the most political and social motivated musicians of our times, namely Martin Kuchen, the Trespass Trio mentor and soul, and Joe McPhee, a veteran of the Black Consciousness struggles through sound since the years of "Freedom and Unity", with Clifford Thornton, and "Nation Time". "Human Encore", the result of a live collaboration between the Swedish band and the American legendary saxophonist and trumpeter which took place during three days in the Portuguese city of Coimbra, configures all the existing motivations: the music is indeed "transgressive". There's emotions here, pain, fury and joy in mixed terms. In a time when some try to empty musical expression from feelings and states of mind, this is really an infringement, going against the stream. This is jazz like it used to be 40 years ago, full of heat and purpose, but with the concepts, vocabulary and techniques of today. It tells us about the "fires" going on ("more and more of them", says Kuchen), in Palestine, in Europe and all the places where mankind shows that we never learn..."-Clean Feed Records
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"Joe McPhee, born November 3,1939 in Miami, Florida, USA, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, conceptualist and theoretician. He began playing the trumpet at age eight, taught by his father, himself a trumpet player. He continued on that instrument through his formative school years and later in a U.S. Army band stationed in Germany, at which time he was introduced to performing traditional jazz. Clifford Thornton's Freedom and Unity, released in 1969 on the Third World label, is the first recording on which he appears as a side man. In 1968, inspired by the music of Albert Ayler, he took up the saxophone and began an active involvement in both acoustic and electronic music.
His first recordings as leader appeared on the CJ Records label, founded in 1969 by painter Craig Johnson. These include Underground Railroad by the Joe McPhee Quartet (1969), Nation Time (1970), Trinity (1971) and Pieces of Light (1974). In 1975, Swiss entrepreneur Werner X. Uehlinger release Black Magic Man by McPhee, on what was to become Hat Hut Records.
In 1981, he met composer, accordionist, performer, and educator Pauline Oliveros, whose theories of "deep listening" strengthened his interests in extended instrumental and electronic techniques. he also discovered Edward de Bono's book Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity, which presents concepts for solving problems by "disrupting an apparent sequence and arriving at the solution from another angle." de Bono's theories inspired McPhee to apply this "sideways thinking" to his own work in creative improvisation, resulting in the concept of "Po Music." McPhee describes "Po Music" as a "process of provocation" (Po is a language indicator to show that provocation is being used) to "move from one fixed set of ideas in an attempt to discover new ones." He concludes, "It is a Positive, Possible, Poetic Hypothesis." The results of this application of Po principles to creative improvisation can be heard on several Hat Art recordings, including Topology, Linear B, and Oleo & a Future Retrospective.
In 1997, McPhee discovered two like-minded improvisers in bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen. The trio premiered at the Vision Jazz Festival in 1998 but the concert went unnoticed by the press. McPhee, Duval, and Rosen therefore decided that an apt title for the group would be Trio X. In 2004 he created Survival Unit III with Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang to expand his musical horizons and with a career spanning nearly 50 years and over 100 recordings, he continues to tour internationally, forge new connections while reaching for music's outer limits."-Joe McPhee Website (http://joemcphee.com/bio.html)
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"Born 1966; saxophones. Martin Küchen has been active on the Swedish free improvised/free jazz scene since the mid-1990s. He has composed for larger groups, participated in dance projects, performed with different poets and created the music for experimental films. He now collaborates with improvisors all over Europe and USA/Canada. His current collaborations include:
Angles - a new trio with Ingebrigt Håker- Flaten, doublebass, Kjell Nordeson, drums and Martin Küchen, saxophones. Exploding Customer - a free jazz quartet with Tomas Hallonsten trumpet, Benjamin Quigley double bass and Kjell Nordeson drums, which plays mainly original compositions. Sound of Mucus - a trio with the stringchordist Herman Müntzing and Andreas Axelsson, percussion. Unsolicited Music Ensemble - a trio with Tony Wren, double bass and Raymond Strid, percussion. a duo with guitarist David Stackenås. UNSK: Birgit Ulher, Martin Küchen, lise-Lott Norelius and Raymond Strid. Looper - a trio with Greek cello player Nikos Veliotis and Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach."-European Free Improv Site (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/musician/mkuchen.html)
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